SAXOPHONE MASTER CLASS
In Ternopil regional philharmony there is large enough palette of interesting concerts. However, unless the solo music and symphonic performances, the high quality ensemble collectives are not common for our stage. Therefore, the tour of a saxophone quartet Sax Kings from Kiev was a pleasant surprise for connoisseurs of best wind music. There was a full house, though many visitors still couldn't see the performance for lack of free seats. Musicians have chosen their new album "From Classics to Jazz" to serve as a basis of the tour programme. It is noteworthy that the vast diverse repertoire, gained in music world for 170 years of saxophone history, is little known in Ukraine because of the instrument's jazz fame. Therefore, a mission of the quartet is to open the listeners "two talents of sax" - jazz and classical one.
Sax Kings opened the first part of the concert with the suite from opera "The Fairy Queen" by H. Purcell. That lead the audience to the world of exquisite baroque. The dramaturgy of interpreting the composition served as a bright opportunity to present creative individuality of each member of the quartet. Rhythms of J.-B. Singelee ("Concert Allegro"), I. Albeniz ("Sevilla"), G.Bizet ("Carmen") moved the listeners into a world of exciting and unusual sounds of chamber wind music written by the composers of such a high level.
The listeners were especially delighted with a popular "Libertango" by an Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla. In particular, the quartet created a true symphony of human passions, full of highly positive energy, in a lamentous and still dramatic composition "Dancing Angel" by A.Piazzolla. Soloist Mykhailo Zaikin (alto saxophone) demonstrated professional breath, accurate intonation and broad phrasing.
The programme of the first part of the concert demonstrated that Sax Kings freely pass from Purcell to Bizet, from Piazzolla to Iturralde without any problems with the quality of genre and style.
"Greek Suite" by P.Iturralde was a worthy completion of the first part of the concert as it sounded like panorama of music of different styles and national schools. That was exquisite, dynamic, rhythmic, timbre-like, thoughtful and subtle in meaning. Soloist Volodymyr Goysak (soprano saxophone) pleasantly impressed and convinced the audience that the colors of the sound of the instrument harmonize greatly with the aesthetics of the Hellenic tunes.
The second part of the concert opened with "Ulla In Africa" by H.Wiberny. Artistry, theatrical emancipation, funny faces, which complemented virtuosic imitation of sounds of savannah of hot continent went in close contact with the audience, and what is more - performers' and theatrical culture brought fun to both musicians and listeners.
One of real diamonds of classical jazz, "Night in Tunisia" by D. Gillespie, was beautifully and dynamically played by the quartet. Finally it was a true bebop, that always makes music up-to-date. Phrasing, tension of sound, richness of tone, vivid emotional playing of Alexander Bazel (saxophone baritone) made the jazz standard perfect.
Fans of jazz music got real pleasure having listened to Duke's Suite by D.Ellington, Gershwin's compositions ("Oh, Lady, Be Good", "The Man, I love", "Magic Rhythm") - the music that captures and excites the listener at all ages. P. Desmond's "Take Five" was interpreted as "wow ". Strolling around on stage wearing boaters, the collective demonstrated master class of playing various saxophones, exchanging them without any embarassment. That was a successful idea of Oleg Zaremsky (quartet leader) and the musicians, first of all those playing the wind instruments, could adequately assess the high level of each member's mastery. Playful energy of the stage, full of positive and joy, was transmitted to the audience.
SUMMARY OF PARTICIPANTS
Host Helen Strutovska is a professional musicologist.
Band leader Oleg Zaremsky (tenor saxophone) is a graduate of S.Krushelnytska Ternopil music college (class professor - winner of national competitions Eugene Gayda) and Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine. Oleg is a winner of international competitions, soloist of Kiev Saxophone Quartet of the National Philharmonic Society of Ukraine. Musician has a large touring geography (the USA, France, Belgium, China, Thailand, Singapore,UAE). Obviously the tour experience helps a performer with convincing incarnation of musical images.
Volodymyr Goysak (soprano saxophone) - is also our graduate (class teacher Eugene Gayda), who presents himself to listeners as the intellectual performer, a versatile musician who feels, comprehends and interprets a huge palette of musical moods and feelings, building a personal world inside of vast ocean of both classical and modern music. In addition to musical college, Volodymyr graduated from the National Music Academy. It's noteworthy that the musician won the first prize taking part in the international competition in Paris, and the world's best saxophone manufacturer presented him this instrument. That was the Selmer company.
The third member of the quartet is Mykhailo Zaikin (alto saxophone), originally from Simferopol. He is a winner of many Ukrainian and international competitions. The musician is also a student of famous teacher and musician, the assistant professor of the National Music Academy, the Honored Artist of Ukraine Yury Vasylevych.
It is gratifying that the fourth member of the quartet, Aleksandr Bazel (baritone saxophone), a winner of many awards, is a student of our graduate and now assistant professor of the National Music Academy Mykhailo Mymryk (class teacher O.Yurin).
Finally we would like to share the gladness of grateful audience that would not let the performers leave the stage, demanding an encore. Summing up this kind of "geography" of the concert, I should add that Sax Kings presented the audience modern interpretation of a genial "Shchedryk" by M. Leontovich. So the idea of combining four different notions of music concept and four equal musicians became true! In particular, students of music school attending the concert got a highly professional master class.
The children still continue sharing their impressions with the teachers and peers. And as the grateful audience we traditionally wish the musicians creative accomplishments and look forward to further meetings.
M. Rudzinsky, the Excellence in Education of Ukraine, Director of S.Krushelnitska Music College.